Lori Prest of Be&Glad Studio has turned her east Trail home into a boutique for this weekend’s Shop West event. The sale today and Saturday will feature an array of locally hand-made goods.

Local crafters unite under new cooperative

Shop West runs today from 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday from 10am - 5pm at 1430 Second Ave in Trail.


Markets have given shoppers a glimpse into how locally made goods are made but a newly formed arts cooperative – Create It West – now plans on taking it a step further.

Handmade crafters have joined forces under the Create It West banner to amp up the shop local culture and teach exclusive skills to the interested public.

The cooperative, led by quilters Krista McPhee and Tina Ihas and seamstress Lori Prest, looks to unite Greater Trail’s creative talent by connecting the general public to their work through upcoming skilled workshops and an informative blog.

But before the needle hits the thread, the team is launching its intent through a handmade boutique event today and Saturday in Trail, where clothing for women and children, jewellery, pottery hand bags and soaps are just some of the items for sale.

Shop West will feature a handful of creations by Be&Glad, Something Sweet, Lil’ Munkee, Birdsnest Design, Frances Moll Pottery, Soap at Home and H&J Lapidary, which will all be centre stage in Prest’s East Trail home turned storefront.

“We’re moving everything out,” said Prest of Be&Glad Studio. “I think it’s going to be good, I’ve had a really good response.”

The seamstress is known for her unique silk-screened designs printed on a combination of natural and renewable resource fabrics. Prest produces patchwork clothing with water-based ink patterns and decorative flat-lock stitch. Though she said her designs have simplified, Prest still uses Japanese tie-dye and silk screening techniques to bring her art in motion to life.

The launch is meant to fill a void, she said, pointing, to the fact that there hasn’t been a local market since the winter.

“It’s a pretty sad time of year for selling,” she explained. “I’ve had people come and buy things but I haven’t had a market since before Christmas.”

Local artists signed up for the event have agreed to donate 10 per cent of their profit to the launch of the co-op, which will help cover business start up as the costs of supplies for the first local workshop.

Ihas is hoping the venture will lead her back to working for herself on some capacity. The owner of Trail’s former Sugar Shack Quilting has been busy crafting handbags and her popular stuffed owls all while slinging a couple other jobs to make ends meet.

“I think it will help sell (our) hand made goods but at the same time, I’m hoping it will boost the hand-made culture of this town because it doesn’t really exist at the moment,” she said.

“But there are a lot of people interested who just don’t know where to go so we’re hoping to kind of provide that.”

Shop West runs Friday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1430 Second Ave. in Trail.

Just Posted

Participation by women in West Kootenay/Boundary elections up slightly

More running than in 2014, but about same number as 2011

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

High hazard in downtown Trail

Roofing work began early Monday morning at the Trail Memorial Centre

Second hospital road part of plan, says Trail mayor

Martin was in Whistler last week for the UBCM; city delegation met with health ministry

Syringa Creek fire ‘being held’

The fire has burned 3193 hectares; Deer Creek fire is also “being held” at 3849 hectares

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

B.C. marijuana workers may face U.S. border scrutiny

Cannabis still illegal federally south of the border

New political party holds an informational session in Vernon

Maxime Bernier’s The People’s Party of Canada draws about 2o interested patrons to Vernon pub.

B.C. MLAs reminded of rural school struggles

Finance committee hears of falling enrolment, staff shortages

B.C. VIEWS: ’Not photo radar’ coming soon to high-crash areas

ICBC deficit now largely due to reckless and distracted driving

Researchers tag great white shark in Atlantic Canada

Information will be used to learn more about where white sharks move in Canadian waters

Mix-up of bodies leads to funeral home reforms in Nova Scotia

One woman was was mistakenly cremated, another was embalmed and presented to family members during a visitation that went horribly wrong

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Most Read